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Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes for the fifth and 'very last time', it has been announced.
The comedian will host the 77th annual awards ceremony from the Beverly Hilton in California on 5 January.
The 58-year-old first took on the role in 2010 and ran the show for three successive years, before returning to the helm in 2016.
He takes the fifth! @rickygervais will resume hosting duties for a record fifth time at the 77th Annual Golden Globe:registered: Awards on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California! pic.twitter.com/ewYaHmVFyt
- Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) November 12, 2019
Now the writer, director and actor is taking on the role for a record fifth time - though he has vowed not to host again.
In a statement, he said: "Once again, they've made me an offer I can't refuse. But this is the very last time I'm doing this, which could make for a fun evening."
Gervais' previous performances as host have comprised largely of close to the bone lampooning of Hollywood's biggest stars - which of course makes for excellent viewing.
NBC Entertainment chairman, Paul Telegdy, said he was excited to see what Gervais has in his locker for his final foray at the Golden Globes.
He said: "There is always a palpable electricity in the room when Ricky takes the Globes stage. His return as master of ceremonies at the Golden Globes is much anticipated.
"It always makes for an unexpected evening. We can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve."
Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, echoed Mr Telegdy's excitement.
He said: "When Ricky Gervais is at the helm of the Golden Globes Awards, we can always expect the unexpected. We're excited to see it all unfold on January 5!"
The awards were hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 2013, 2014 and 2015, while Jimmy Fallon hosted in 2017, Seth Myers hosted in 2018 and Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh co-hosted in 2019. However, many viewers felt the show just wasn't the same without Gervais as master of ceremonies.
.@sethmeyers Have an absolute blast tonight at The #GoldenGlobes and please treat the industry with the respect it deserves. pic.twitter.com/B99KZUpC7G
- Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 7, 2018
In the meantime, Gervais is busy at work on After Life 2, which has already wrapped filming and will come back to Netflix in the New Year.
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